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Fat Thursday: Where To Get Doughnuts In Wroclaw

Millions of Poles will soon be chomping their way through several pączki (stuffed doughnuts) to celebrate Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday), a day traditionally marked as being the last of the Carnival period before the start of Lent.

Seeing as Lent is a time of fasting, Fat Thursday provides the last opportunity to indulge until Easter arrives. Traditionally people meet in their homes or cafés with their friends and relatives and eat large quantities of sweets, cakes and other meals forbidden during Lent. Nowadays companies often get in on the act too, laying out piles of doughnuts for their employees. 

In the past, instead of the sweet pastries commonly eaten today, people would eat bread dough stuffed with bacon. It wasn’t until the sixteenth century the Polish tradition of eating donuts became widespread. Even then, the doughnuts differed to what is eaten now. The stuffing consisted of peanut or almond, and those who bit into the nut were said to enjoy a future of prosperity and success.

Faworki 021, February 2010

If doughnuts aren’t your thing however, you can always try some faworki (pictured above). These traditional sweet and crisp pastries are made out of dough shaped into thin twisted ribbons, before being deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

So where can you grab yourself some pączki then? Well, finding some shouldn’t be difficult as just about every local shop and supermarket will have piles of doughnuts on sale. That said, some pączki are better than others of course, so why not check out some of these places:

​If you don’t happen to be near any of these places, then you can simply pop into your local cukierna or piekarnia for a pączek. It sure beats whatever the supermarkets or chain convenience stores have to offer, as the big stores often make significant shortcuts in order to sacrifice quality for price. Also, If for whatever reason Polish pastries and doughnuts don’t float your boat, you can always visit the Portuguese food stall in Hala Targowa for some pastel de nata.

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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